The dream of owning a ranch has been a lifelong dream of mine for as long as I can remember. My grandfather had owned a small herd of cows when I was growing up that he had allowed me to help him work. Those memories have always been special to me. After graduating from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas I married my wife, Martye. She too loved the idea of owning a ranch one day. Perfect, right? No. We were the typical poor college graduates who had lots of ambition but no money. We moved to Houston, Texas and both got jobs to pay the bills. Life continued on. We moved twice, ending up in Dallas and along the way we added three rowdy boys to our household. The dream of owning a ranch still lingered in our minds but at the time we had our hands full with soccer, baseball, boy scouts, church events etc.
Our boys were growing and began to take an interest in hunting. It was a great way for us to spend time together. So from 2000 to 2003 I went in on a deer lease near Coleman, Texas with another family. Coleman is located about four hours west of Dallas. The rugged land of west Texas continued to fan the flame of my dream. I soon found myself pulling off of the highway on my way back to Dallas, driving the long stretches of farm road. I could have driven those country roads for days. The scenery was breathtaking and the open land was so refreshing, especially when you live in a big city like Dallas. One of my favorite drives I discovered was Highway 4. Highway 4 was named the state of Texas’ first scenic highway. It curves it’s way through rocky mountains and then across wide-open fields. During the spring the highway is lined with the vibrant colors of wildflowers and during the fall the bright colors of the trees illuminate your way. The view is truly one of a kind!
One day as I was driving through the beautiful country I noticed 80 acres of land for sale. These 80 acres weren’t just 80 acres, they were prime land for sale on the famous Highway 4. I couldn’t believe my eyes and I knew that this is where we would finally be able to start living out our dream of owning a ranch. Martye and I purchased the land in the spring of 2004 from a man named David. We were overjoyed to finally own our own ranch land, but really had no clue as to what we were supposed to do next!